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October 28, 1911

INTESTINAL APPROXIMATION: A PRELIMINARY REPORT ON A NEW MECHANICAL DEVICE AND A NEW METHOD

Author Affiliations

Surgeon to the St. Francis Hospital MACOMB, ILL.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(18):1441-1442. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260100267010
Abstract

About six years ago I announced1 a new mechanical device for intestinal approximation, called the dumbbell, from its shape. I have been assured by many of the best American surgeons that the method was a good one, but they stated that the caliber of the dumb-bell used was too small for safety. Accepting this criticism as just, I have made a new instrument which incorporates all of the essential features of the dumb-bell, while I am enabled to increase its caliber by using thinner material. The perfect result of an operation, performed two months ago on a 30-pound pig. convinces me that I am justified in making a preliminary report.

This new device is a simple grooved ring, ⅜ inch wide, ¾ inch in diameter, made from thin sheei silver, with a forged groove ⅛ inch deep to hold the compressed tissue under a ligature.

The new method of operating

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